Magnus Roe comments

Posted in: Emergency room overcrowding an ailment local doctor aims to cure See in context

It would be nice with a GP system, but mostly it would be nice if company management didn't expect all their staff to run to the doc (to infect everyone else) whenever they have a sniffle. Preferably to pick up five different kinds meds, unfortunately including, more often than not, an antibiotic.

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Posted in: FEATURE: Falling childbirth rate changing Japan's cram school business See in context

I wonder what this kind of school's true contribution to Japan over the past two or three decades really has been. Surely this obsession over pin-point memorizing is at the core of the lack of creativity currently strangling the nation's tech corps.

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Posted in: YKK starts serving halal meals at cafeteria in Japan See in context


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Posted in: Minister yells at press after he criticizes remaining Fukushima evacuees See in context

Disgraceful. Take your hat and go.

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Posted in: Another arrest warrant served on ex-NHK reporter over 3rd rape See in context

So all these adventures of his have been swept under the rug by the rest of the staff?

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Posted in: Another temple found possibly vandalized with liquid See in context

Yasukuni has this kind of thing done regularly. It's probably has some connection to one of our dear neighbours across the ocean.

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Posted in: Premium video on demand is a future few filmmakers want See in context

No I would not. I still think cinemas have their place, television channels, besides news, do not, however.

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Posted in: Accused groper on train escapes by jumping onto tracks at Tokyo's Akabane Station See in context

This is impressive; All tracks at Akabane station are elevated for at least a couple of kilometers, in the case of Saikyo line the tracks are elevated until the next station down the line so it's surprising he'd be able to elude the police while stuck in that concrete duct.

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Posted in: Facebook's Messenger app adds live location-sharing See in context

Line has had this built in for half a decade, very few people use the feature though.

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Posted in: Netflix releases first trailer for its live-action American adaptation of anime 'Death Note' See in context

Siobhan Van BuurenMar. 25, 2017 - 06:37PM JST I can understand that this may borrow the concept and that the book could be dropped anywhere in the world and I agree with that, but then use new characters and a complete new story. Kira is still mentioned (a Japanese play on the word KILLER), Misa is in it, so is L and Watari. This means this is a white washed copy, this is the original story but as if it was never told in Japan ever. There was nothing wrong with keeping it in Japan if they were going to keep the story as the same original one.

And you think Netflix would/should bother with making a movie for world wide markets with Japanese actors? There's a reason Netflix doesn't advertise this as based on a cartoon. It doesn't sell. The few people who have heard of it don't want a live action versionand the ones who do, aren't worth the effort.

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Posted in: Japan's oldest porn queen retires -- at 80 See in context

I think japantoday is mistaken in presuming the senior porn caters to and is consumed primarily by the elderly. :P

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Posted in: 48-year-old chiropractor acquitted of nunchaku possession charges See in context

Although it's perfectly possible to hit yourself upon the head with them, I remember a case years ago where someone was beaten senseless with a pair after trying to assist a girl who was being threatened/robbed.

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Posted in: Netflix boss predicts mobile operators will soon offer unlimited video See in context

Yes I also have an "unlimited plan" from my mobile provider and it actually means max 7gb a month and I think 2-3gb per 24 hours. Never crossed my mind to watch a show on anything smaller than a 40" though :p

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Posted in: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to step down, but remain chairman See in context

wtf? You want Mitsubishi to rebadge their Evo as a Nissan GTR? Some people just want to watch the world burn

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Posted in: 40-year-old man arrested for pouring dirty liquid on high school girl See in context

It's nearly always body fluids, I guess we can be grateful they didn't write what it was this time

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Posted in: Publisher of some of Japan’s most popular anime suddenly restricts exports of its Blu-rays, DVDs See in context

Physical media is dying abroad anyway, it's possible some anime fans like to buy DVDs, but streaming of some form is certainly how the majority watches this show. This will probably backfire when they hassle their licensing partner into releasing a dodgy dub.

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Posted in: Warehouse in Saitama still ablaze after 5 days See in context

I think they said the warehouse has very windows so it's difficult to get water on the flames. Regarding the burning intensity, Askul is an office supplier and sells practically anything you can imagine of office and business equipment. The warehouse probably has tons of paper and flammable chemicals.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for filming up girl's skirt See in context

Ah well, at least we made it till Feb this year..

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Posted in: Abe to propose major job-creating plan to Trump, reports say See in context

pointofviewFeb. 03, 2017 - 10:42AM JST Great! They should also thank N. Americans for purchasing millions of Japanese cars, a trend that has been occurring for a few decades now. No sign of American cars in Japan though.

People in other countries aren't buying american cars because they aren't very good. They're generally oversized, coarsely designed and not very economical to operate.

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Posted in: Justin Bieber teams up with Piko Taro for new Japanese SoftBank commercial See in context

I hope they didn't make that poor white dog sit in the room for this one

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Posted in: Mother killed, 1-year-old son injured after being hit by truck; driver arrested See in context

This idiot needs to never be let outside again.

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Posted in: Train driver dozes off between Yokohama and Kamata stations See in context

As far as I know the train does have a lever you must keep under tension or a button that needs pressing regularly or the locomotive's dead man's switch will halt the train. There's also a switch when passing light signals

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Posted in: Artist says latest sticker graffiti aimed at Trump See in context

randomnatorJan. 28, 2017 - 10:17PM JST And I would be interested to see any of his Abe-inspired works.

Some of these are amazing, especially the ones of Abe.

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Posted in: Macaque named after British Princess Charlotte wins popularity contest for 2nd consecutive year See in context

Does the likelihood of the Japanese embassy staff being rigid have anything to do with what a zoo does?

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Posted in: Personal computer sales fall for fifth year in a row See in context

MsDeliciousJan. 13, 2017 - 11:18AM JST I prefer pencil and paper for my work. But I do need email for business. I love photoshop too which is fun, so I need a nice desktop with an Apple system. Apple is the only way to go for art.

That is pure bs, you are locked to a few, mostly dated, CPUs and very sub par graphics hardware, if you do 3d art you are much better off with a Windows computer. If you do 2d art, you can equip a Windows computer with two 2TB SSD drives and 128GB of ddr5 memory for less than what a screen replacement costs on a Macbook pro. If you like MacOS, fine by me, but for video and image editing you can consistently ground any Macbook into powder with a Windows computer on a fraction of the budget. :) (Source: 15 years 3d modelling and game development, have department of 10 graphical artists hired, two of them on macs).

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Posted in: How come Japanese shopping-website operator Rakuten is still relatively unknown in the U.S. and Europe, where rules? See in context

Sorry to necro!

1) Terrible, cluttered layout. 2) Nearly all the search results are Out of stock, listings are never cleaned up. 3) You are constantly hassled or tricked to sign up for newsletters 4) They actually send you physical spam mail

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Posted in: Japan’s respected National Theatre surprises everyone with traditional rendition of PPAP See in context

National Embarrassment

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Posted in: 2 women attacked while walking home in separate incidents See in context

YubaruJan. 17, 2017 - 06:44AM JST In an ideal world, people could walk around whenever and they want. In the real world, in most places it's a risk to do so. This is true. Here in Japan the "heiwa boke" syndrome, which the media and press are guilty of promoting as well, cause people to think that crap like this doesnt happen to them, only to someone else. Common sense is not common for many people here.

Yes, let's all shutter our windows at 9:30 and work from home. There's a reason cases like this make headlines, they're uncommon and "common sense" in Japan doesn't involve women not going anywhere without a male escort.

Regarding the time of the attacks, there are uncountable valid reasons for these women to be on their way home at that hour. You do realize this country doesn't switch off the lights when you get home from your Eikaiwa?

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd finds Japanese ship with slaughtered whale See in context

Impressed looking at the obsessive down voting of people who don't think whales should be treated any differently than other animals harvested for food.

WolfpackJan. 17, 2017 - 09:12AM JST I like it. It's got a bit of a bite/kick to it. I wouldn't say I love it, but it tastes good to me. Haven't tried it yet. I wonder, is it expensive?

It is not particularly expensive, maybe around the range of horse meat. Often the meat isn't particularly good though, bad whale meat is pretty fishy.

It used to be eaten as part of the school meals a few decades ago, it's considered fairly exotic nowadays though and I don't know many who eat it regularly.

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Posted in: 2 killed after their car rear-ends truck on icy road in Nagoya See in context

smithinjapanJan. 15, 2017 - 07:00PM JST

If visiblility is that poor you have no business driving at those speeds. I don't know how the weather was there, but even in a very severe blizzard you could spot a truck with flashing warning lights from several hundred meters away and if you can't, YOU SLOW DOWN.

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